Let the artwork of Jacolby Satterwhite transport you to another dimension.
Jacolby first gained the art world’s attention with his digital films consisting of 3D animations. Set in trippy dreamscapes, his experimental art films are weird to the point of absurdity and gloriously x-rated. Jacolby often inserts himself in his own films, not afraid to perform in a galactic bodysuit or show himself vogueing in the nude. It may not come as a surprise where he draws some of his inspiration.
“I want to become the Rihanna of the art world.”
“I want to become the Rihanna of the art world,” Jacolby Satterwhite told Out magazine.
Before even the age of 30, Jacolby Satterwhite was featured in the Whitney Biennial and his work has been brought to life at the Guggenheim, MoMA PS1 and at the Barclays Center. He created an immersive art installation at Grindr’s NYC Pride party, where guests got to experience cruising in 1980s Central Park. And he even appears in Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” music video filmed at the Pace Gallery.
Jacolby’s strong queer sensibility stems from having two older gay brothers. “They cared about Thierry Mugler, fashion, clubs, and the city. I basically learned what it means to be gay by the time I was eight.”
This year, Jacolby was commissioned by SFMOMA to produce and perform a full-length visual album incorporating his late mother’s musical recordings. Patricia Satterwhite was diagnosed with schizophrenia and recorded some of the vocals in a mental hospital.
The album, titled En Plein Air: Music of Objective Romance, features production by Nick Weiss of the electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy that gives it a more contemporary “deconstructed club music” vibe, as well as live instrumentation from cellist Patrick Belaga. Virtual reality headsets helped the audience visualize Jacolby’s dreamscape. Watch a short clip of the recent performance at SFMOMA.
The modern art museum has asked him back to perform at its annual fundraising party with Solange.
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